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What's up at WisCommunity in January 2021

January 24, 2021

So many projects, so little time. Once in a blue moon, I write a little article to let readers know what is going on here, and what you will see coming in the future. 

Who Are We?

January 23, 2021

WisCommunity is published by Steve Hanson, who is the primary employee at the moment. We are working on expanding our staff and may be taking on an intern and perhaps a part-time employee soon. 

Winter Weather is here again

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January 23, 2021

So far this winter has been relatively mild by Wisconsin standards, but we're currently in the arms of some genuine winter weather. We've dipped down to zero and below the last two nights, and we're currently in a winter weather advisory for this afternoon and tomorrow.

WisCommunity Mission Statement

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January 23, 2021

WisCommunity brings you community-based news about the Chippewa Valley. Our news is the information you need to engage with the community and to understand more deeply what is happening in your home.

Dunn County COVID-19 status update for 1/22/2021

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January 23, 2021

As usual, Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher brings you the latest numbers and answers your questions.

There have been 3,876 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dunn County, and 169 of those are currently active. There have been 26 deaths in the county, and 10 people are currently in the hospital. 

First mobile vaccination teams assisting Wisconsin communities

National Guard Vaccination Site
January 22, 2021

The state’s first mobile vaccination teams began operations this week to assist local health department efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccines across Wisconsin.

The teams, which represent a joint effort of state resources and are made up of Citizen Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard and vaccinators from the University of Wisconsin system, piloted the program Jan. 19 in Greendale.

Gov. Evers Announces State to Take Steps Toward Legal Action Against PFAS Contaminators

January 22, 2021

 State will seek outside legal counsel to investigate and prepare for litigation against corporate actors responsible

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 1/21/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/21/2021

January 21, 2021

Who:

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.          

Eau Claire Library pickup scheduling now online

L.E.Phillips Library
January 20, 2021

The L. E. Phillips Public Library can now accept scheduling for their Park and Pickup system on-line.   You may now select items from the library, after which you will receive an email stating that the items are ready for pickup, which will include a link to the scheduling form on the library's website. You may pick a time to pick up your library materials there within a 50-minute window of time. 

City Council City Manager Search Update

January 20, 2021

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, members of the Eau Claire City Council met in closed session to consider the three city manager candidates and review feedback with respect to city manager candidate interviews that were held on January 14 and 15, 2021. City Council discussed the qualifications of the candidates and deliberated on a hiring decision and related next steps.

Hobbes Ice Center moves to next opening phase

January 20, 2021

Hobbs Ice Arena staff have met with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and, based on current COVID-19 levels and projected trends, have determined that it is possible for Hobbs to enter Phase 2 of re-opening which will include the return of a limited number of spectators for team sports beginning January 21, 2020.

Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency, Issues New Face Coverings Order as State Continues Vaccine Distribution

Governor Tony Everrs
January 20, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order and Emergency Order establishing a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement, respectively, as the state continues to expand vaccination distribution across the state.

Jeff Smith - Saving our Democracy

State Senator  Jeff Smith
January 20, 2021

Now is the time when our government should be focusing on our COVID-19 recovery. Wisconsin leaders should be fixing the unemployment insurance crisis, working on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out and expanding broadband access for every rural household. This is what I’d rather spend my time on. Sadly, other issues have overshadowed the essential work that should be happening because our nation is as divided as it’s ever been.

 

Presidential Inauguration

Joe Biden 2021 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

January 20, 2021

Please join us in welcoming in a new administration - Thank you to C-Span for the live stream of the inauguration.

Environmental Review Of The City Of Eau Claire Project For The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

January 19, 2021

The City of Eau Claire is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The project primarily includes the replacement of lead service lines throughout the City of Eau Claire.

DNR To Host Online Listening Sessions Jan. 20 Regarding PFAS Investigation In Marinette, Peshtigo And Surrounding Communities

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding online listening sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 to seek public input on PFAS contamination in Marinette, Peshtigo and surrounding communities. The meeting is the 12th in a series of 14 meetings the DNR will host for area residents.

Special DNR meeting on the wolf hunt

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet virtually on Friday for a Special Meeting to discuss the next steps to establish a wolf hunt in Wisconsin in 2021.

Vaccine for 65 and up Dunn County residents

65 and Over Vaccine Availability in Dunn County

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced this morning that COVID-19 vaccine will be available for people 65 years and older starting on January 25. The 65 and over residents will be eligible under the new guidelines for Phase 1b of the vaccine rollout in the state. 

I spoke to Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher today about the effect of this announcement on Dunn County residents, and how this will all work out.

How Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos

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January 19, 2021

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Hospitals and clinics across the country are canceling vaccine appointments because the Trump administration tells states how many doses they’ll receive only one week at a time, making it all but impossible to plan a comprehensive vaccination campaign.

Wisconsin DHS Vaccine Q&A

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/19/2021

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin DHS will hold a Vaccine Q&A session today at 1:30 PM. We expect this session to cover information about the new expansion of vaccine availability to all Wisconsin residents over age 65. 

Today the state is reporting 42 more deaths due to COVID-19, so DHS is emphasizing again that we need to continue to follow good practices to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

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